Born in New York City in 1968, ROBERT ABAD has spent the last thirty years studying and capturing life through the lens of his trusty pocket-sized cameras. A prolific traveler, mentor and teacher, Robert has shared his knowledge and unique insights on global trends and emerging markets with universities, corporations, governments and media outlets globally. Away from his career in finance, Robert is passionate about world culture, storytelling and film. He holds Master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia Business School, and is a graduate of New York University and Regis High School. He is also the founder of EM+BRACE, a global mentorship initiative that came to life in 2015. Robert currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his equally adventurous wife, Monica, his two daughters, Sofia and Ariella and their rescue dog, Martin. 


"We created MOMENT to help children see more of the world as it is.  For us, real education is about appreciating the stories that are mostly invisible, raw or hidden. It's in these stories - or moments - where you get insight into someone else's life. That helps to create real connections which allow you to work together to try and find a solution to a problem."  - Sofia Abad (14) and Ariella Abad (12) 



Born and raised in Colombia, Monica Mitrani brings her passion and wide-ranging experience in empowering disenfranchised youth and advancing social justice causes worldwide to the MOMENT movement. Her background spans 20+ years in strategic consulting, business development and market research with an emphasis on the US Hispanic market. Monica holds an Executive Program Certification in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College. She is a Board Member for Amigos de Los Rios, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of a green infrastructure network of culturally meaningful parks and trails in Los Angeles to counteract effects of climate change. She is also an Advisory Board Member for Imagine Theatre a non-profit that strives to build an empathetic and inclusive society, across cultures, by immersing young people in theatre that celebrates gender equity, diversity, and civic engagement.